Environmental News Highlights – July 12, 2023


USDOT Streamlines Community Infrastructure Programs -AASHTO Journal

As Downtowns Struggle, Businesses Learn to Love Bike Lanes –Bloomberg

The Little-Known Provision That Could Revolutionize Highway Travel -New York Times (essay)



Washington State DOT’s Stormwater Management Innovations -AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

NOAA Using Drones to Improve Hurricane Forecasting -AASHTO Journal

Making Offshore Wind Transmission Work for Communities -Regional Plan Association

California lawmakers OK governor’s push to build energy, water and transportation projects faster -KCRA-TV

EPA announces $3M grant for climate mitigation planning in Hawaiʻi -Maui News

Swiss project places solar panels along railroad tracks -Sustainability Times

Is America’s Infrastructure Turning A Corner? -Thinking Transportation (podcast)

Pandemic-era ‘slow streets’ offer an opportunity to improve road safetySmart City Dive



Europe Targets Missing Emissions That Could Bust Climate Goals –Bloomberg

EPA methane rules need flexibility, balance to achieve lower emissions -The Hill (opinion)

EPA Proposes Updates to Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Requirements for the Oil and Gas Sector -EPA (media release)



Will Environmental Justice Programs Be Affected by SCOTUS’s Affirmative Action Decisions? -National Law Review (opinion)



Building California: How will the infrastructure deal affect development, wildlife? -Lompoc Record


Massachusetts Rolls Out Interactive Rail-Trail Map For Users -Daily Hampshire Gazette

Motorcyclist discovering West Virginia featured on West Virginia DOT’s “WV on the DOT” 150th podcast episode -West Virginia DOT (media release)


Transportation plan seeks to make Rochester safer for pedestrians and cyclists -WXXI Radio

The Untapped Power of E-Bike Rebates –CityLab

The Rise In Pedestrian Fatalities -CBS Sunday Morning (video)

Salt Lake City’s wide streets are a pedestrian problem, but also an opportunity -KUER Radio

Seattle DOT getting closer to more accessible waterfront with new bike lane design -KIRO-TV

Could new Israeli technology prevent bicycle accidents? -Jerusalem Post



Pathways to an Equitable and Just Energy Transition -National Academies

Electric Vehicle Charging: Strategies and Programs –NCHRP

Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Inspection of Stormwater Best Management Practices –NCHRP

Ridesharing Institute Conversation July 2023: A Tale of Two US Washingtons -Ridesharing Institute (link to webinar registration)



Announcement of Fiscal Year 2023 Low or No Emission Program and Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program and Project Selections -FTA (Notice; Announcement of Project Selections)

Evaluation of Alabama State Coastal Management Program; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for Comment -NOAA (Notice)

Technical Mapping Advisory Council -FEMA (Request for applicants)

Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for the Eastern Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) of the Gulf of Mexico (GEG460000); Availability of Draft National Environmental Policy (NEPA) Categorial Exclusion… -EPA (Notice of proposed reissuance of NPDES general permit; extension of public comment period)

Decommissioning and Disposition of the National Historic Landmark Nuclear Ship Savannah; Notice of Public Meeting -Maritime Administration (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – July 5, 2023


USDOT Issues More Than $2.2B in RAISE Grants -AASHTO Journal

USDOT Offering Over $5B in Multimodal Project Grants -AASHTO Journal

PHMSA Proposes HazMat Rail Shipment Reporting Rule -AASHTO Journal

FTA Announces Nearly $1.7 Billion to Help Put Better, Cleaner Buses on the Roads in Communities Across the Country -FTA (media release)



When COVID rules kept humans home, wildlife roamed more freely, international study shows –CBC



Re:source Podcast: Hawaii Paving Industry Talks Plastic Roads -AASHTO Journal

NYC Is Cleared for First-in-US Congestion Tolls as Soon as April –Bloomberg

Indianapolis Int’l Pioneers Use of Carbon Capture for Runway Project -Airport Improvement

These States Are Doing the Most to Electrify Transportation –Governing


The Hazy Days of Summer -The New Yorker



EPA closes civil rights investigation into Louisiana pollution -Washington Post


Biden administration provides greater flexibility to protect endangered species -The Hill

Legislature overrides veto of bill cutting wetland regulation -Coastalreview.org

Researchers demo geotargeted wildfire alerts sent to vehicles -Route Fifty



Miami Air International Plans A Pan Am Museum In Its 1920s Hangar -Simply Flying

The Forgotten History Of Highway Photologs -MIT Technology Review

CB Radios Not Yet Obsolete; Veteran Truckers Say They’re Still Useful -Cowboy State Daily

Feds deny Knoxville’s $25 million grant request to build new pedestrian bridge across Tennessee River -WBIR-TV

New York Politicians Urge Governor To End Non-essential Helicopter Flights -Quiet Communities (blog)



Connecticut offering vouchers for residents to buy e-bikes -New Haven Independent

Pedestrians occupying bike lanes on Oahu raising safety concerns -KHNL/KGMB-TV

NYC gets $25M for e-bike charging stations, seeking to prevent deadly battery fires –AP

Street lighting is crucial for cyclists and pedestrians -North Shore News

City holds ‘pop up’ event to get input on Pensacola’s Active Transportation Plan -WKRG-TV

FAA Still Silent on Dulles Airport Noise Concerns –LoudonNow

New U.S. Bicycle Route connects Hope and East Hope, Idaho -Bonner County Daily Bee



TRB Webinar: Fostering Sustainability through Freight-Efficient Land Uses –NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 13: Rocky Mountains –NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 14: Southeast –NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 15: Southern Plains –NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 16: Southwest –NCHRP

Risk Assessment Techniques for Transportation Asset Management –NCHRP

Advancing Health and Resilience in the Gulf of Mexico Region: Roadmap for Progress -National Academies



Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on the Central Business District Tolling Program, New York, New York -FHWA (Notice of limitation on claims for judicial review of actions by FHWA and other Federal agencies)

Testing Provisions for Air Emission Sources; Correction -EPA (Final rule; correcting amendment)

Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Leak Detection and Repair -Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice of proposed rule)

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Experimental Populations -Fish and Wildlife Service (Final rule)

Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Next Generation Delivery Vehicles Acquisitions -United States Postal Service (Notice)


Environmental News Highlights – June 28, 2023


U.S. Logistics Networks Seek to Boost Resilience -AASHTO Journal

Major U.S. cities leading in transit electrification -Mass Transit

EPA Finalizes New Renewable Fuel Standards to Strengthen U.S. Energy Security, Support U.S. Rural Economy, and Expand Production of Low-Carbon Fuels -EPA (media release)

Federal agencies must do more on sustainability -Federal News Network (commentary)


Get to Know NEPA and Get Federal Infrastructure Projects Moving -National League of Cities


Cost of EV Charging Stations Comes Up in Delaware DOT Budget Talks -Town Square Live

Environmental groups in New York push to save offshore wind plan -Spectrum News 1

Buying renewable energy doesn’t mean what you think -Washington Post

Iowa DOT Wins 2022 Perpetual Pavement Award -Iowa DOT (media release)

New book on parking is just the ticket -NJ.com (opinion)


Utah kicks off 2023 ‘Clear the Air’ Challenge -Utah News Connection

How cities can better confront climate change -WBUR Radio

What is ground-level ozone? The latest air quality warning, explained -Minnesota Reformer


AASHTO Re:source Podcast: Soil Sampling Insights -AASHTO Journal

TxDOT Rail Inspectors Battle Heat and Rattlesnakes -AASHTO Journal

Invasive species treatment at Iowa Great Lakes was a success -Iowa Capital Dispatch

How oysters are helping protect Apalachicola’s vulnerable shorelineInternational Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructures

Kansas City riverfront cleanup is now in the hands, uh, mouths of these new workers -Kansas City Star

CTDOT Celebrates National Pollinator Week -Connecticut DOT (media release)


INDOT Drones Help Prepare Grist Mill for Renovation -AASHTO Journal

The I-95 Live Cam In Philadelphia Is The Sleeper Hit Of The Season -Philadelphia Inquirer

Under a Denver Highway, Artists Find Space for the Surreal –CityLab

Taylor Swift is an unlikely public transit icon –CNN

Rick Steves Talks Walkable Cities -Public Square

NY Governor Announces Opening of High Line-Moynihan Connector on Manhattan’s West Side -NY State Governor’s Office (media release)


LA considers car-free streets and pedestrian “superblocks” through Park Block Pilot -KNBC-TV

Student aims to help make pedestrians and cyclists safer -Furman University

Pedestrian fatalities mark grim milestone, safety group projects in new report -Detroit Free Press

Connecticut offering vouchers for residents to buy e-bikes -New Haven Independent

Pedestrians occupying bike lanes on Oahu raising safety concerns -KHNL/KGMB-TV

Nearly One Hundred Miles of New Greenway Trails Opened for Public Use Across New York since 2021 -New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (media release)


To Mark National Pollinator Week, National Academies Offer Sustainable Solutions to Restore and Protect Critical Species -National Academies

Strategies to Address Homelessness at Airports –ACRP

DOE Announces Over $17 Million for University-Led Projects Supporting Decarbonization and Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions -DOE (media release)


Exemption From Operating Authority Regulations for Providers of Recreational Activities -Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Notice of proposed rulemaking)

Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Northern New Mexico -DOE (Notice of open meeting)

Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice -Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Request for Project Proposals Pursuant to Section 165 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Pilot Program for Continuing Authority Projects in Small or Disadvantaged Communities -Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision of Regulations for Interagency Cooperation -Fish and Wildlife Service & NOAA (Proposed rule; request for comment)

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines and New Source Performance Standards: Internal Combustion Engines; Electronic ReportingEPA (Proposed rule)


Environmental News Highlights – June 20, 2023


USDOT To Help Rural, Tribal Communities Access Funding Opportunities -Daily Yonder

Amtrak Releases Annual Sustainability Report -Amtrak


The New War on Bad Air -New York Times


Supreme Court water ruling could transform NEPA, ESA -E&E News


Wisconsin GOP lawmakers vote to boost road funding, increase electric vehicle fee -Wisconsin Public Radio

Exploring the 15-Minute City Concept and Its Potential for Communities of All Sizes -National League of Cities

University Of Iowa Researching Use Of Automated Vehicles On Rural Roads -WOI-TV

Arlington, Va., transit station will support zero emissions bus fleet -Building Design and Construction


Q&A: Benefits of switching to zero-emission vehicles, ways to achieve health equity -Healio

EPA, green groups settle lawsuit over gas power plant smog limits -Reuters

35 vintage photos reveal what Los Angeles looked like before the US regulated pollution -Business Insider India

Why the EPA’s new carbon emissions rules will win in court -The Hill (opinion)


White House launches new environmental justice scorecard -U.S. Green Building Council

Federal Energy Regulators Must Prioritize Environmental Justice in Confronting the Climate Crisis -U.S. News and World Report (commentary)


Oregon law protects state’s wetlands over Supreme Court ruling -Oregon Public Broadcasting

Michigan law shields wetlands from Supreme Court decision impacts -MLive.com

Mixed feelings in Ohio about recent ruling on Clean Water Act -Radio

Pilot program in Raleigh area relies on volunteers to collect wetlands data -Coastal Review


Maine DOT Worker Writes About Roundabouts In New Children’s Book -WCSH-TV

Can historic preservation and green initiatives ever play nice? -Boston.com


Bike Buses: A Global Trend in Active School Transportation -Momentum

Too much noise can hurt your health and shorten your lifespan. Here’s how to know if you’re at risk, and tips for protecting yourself -Fortune

Getting to zero traffic fatalities will take more than infrastructure funds, experts say -Smart Cities Dive

How Do Airports Address Noise Management? -Simple Flying


Airport Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic -ACRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 9: Mid-Atlantic -NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 10: Midwest -NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 11: Northeast -NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 12: Northern Plains -NCHRP

TRB Webinar: Community-Based and Equitable Transportation Response in Disaster -TRB

Homelessness and Climate Change: A Roundup of Resources for Communities Before, During, and After Disasters -U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness


New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Fossil Fuel-Fired Electric Generating Units; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Fossil Fuel-Fired Electric Generating Units; … -EPA (Proposed rule; extension of comment period)

Draft National Strategy To Prevent Plastic Pollution: Extension of Comment Period -EPA (Notice of availability; extension of comment period)

Notice of Public Meeting for the National Park System Advisory Board -National Park Service (Notice)

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Notice To Solicit Comments and Hold Public Scoping Meetings on the Development of Post-2026 Operational Guidelines and Strategies for Lake Powell and Lake Mead -Bureau of Reclamation (Notice)

Forest Service Handbook 5509.11, Chapter 10 Title Claims and EncroachmentsUSDA (Notice of availability for public comment)

Rights-of-Way, Leasing, and Operations for Renewable Energy -Bureau of Land Management (Proposed rule)

Notice of Availability of the Proposed Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement -Bureau of Land Management (Notice)

Notice of Intent To Conduct Restoration Planning for Discharge of Oil From the Amplify Energy Corp Pipeline P00547 Into the Pacific Ocean Near Huntington Beach, Orange County, California -NOAA (Notice)

Application for Recertification of Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council -Coast Guard (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Request for Applicants for Appointment to the Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee -TSA (Committee management; request for applicants)

Environmental News Highlights – June 14, 2023


FTA Seeking Comment on Transit Safety Plan Revisions

– AASHTO Journal

Congress debates mandating AM radios in new vehicles

– WWJ Radio

Nineteen States Sue EPA Over California Heavy Truck Phaseout

– Transport Topics

Legislation Proposed in Congress to Tax Marine Carbon Fuels and Port Emissions

– Maritime Executive

New White House Website Maps, Tracks Infrastructure Projects Across US

– AP

Avoiding Default and Streamlining NEPA – Can the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 Accomplish Both Objectives?

JD Supra (commentary)


AASHTO Re:source Hawaii DOT Podcast: – Part 2

– AASHTO Journal

Car-dependent California seeks to follow New York’s lead and save public transit

– AP

Chattanooga Looks to Become ‘Citywide Testbed for Future Mobility’

– Route Fifty

The Rocky Road to Bus Electrification

– Governing

The Airport Infrastructure Resilience Act of 2023 Explained

– Airport Business

Hawai’i DOT, UH Mānoa Launch First Autonomous Electric Shuttle

– Hawai’i DOT (media release)

Utah Takes First Step Toward Electrified Future

– Utah DOT (media release)


Maps and Apps Help Track Wildfire Smoke by City and Neighborhood

– CityLab


Washington Governor Rebuffs Tribes Seeking Relief After Climate Laws Boost Gas Prices

– Seattle Times

Chesapeake Bay report cites environmental justice disparities

– AP

How equity relates to multimodal transportation – and why it matters

– DJC Oregon (opinion)

Meeting Transportation Goals With Equity

– FHWA Public Roads


Federal board declines to rule on Del Mar railroad fence petition

– San Diego Union-Tribune

Paris Plans to Plant Trees That Can Survive Climate Change

– CityLab

Loud launches: Researchers study how rocket noise affects endangered wildlife

– Space.com


DC’s historic board voted to protect a non-historic parking lot. Why?

– Greater Greater Washington

NH activists are considering legal action over ‘Rebel Girl’ historical marker removal

– New Hampshire Public Radio


University Unveils Distracted Pedestrian Prevention App

– AASHTO Journal

Maryland Transportation Authority moves ahead with bike access on Nice-Middleton Bridge

– Maryland Matters

Bethlehem Twp., PA looks to provide more avenues for ‘active’ transportation

– LehighValleyNews.com

For advocates of bike-friendly infrastructure changes in Flagstaff, the gears of government turn slowly

– Arizona Daily Sun

How Sound Transit Controls Train-Borne Noise

– Mass Transit

Study Finds Cyclists Wearing Helmets Perceived As ‘Less Human’ Than Those Who Don’t

– Canadian Cycling Magazine

Cyclists can now ride on sidewalks in Los Angeles County


Wisconsin Bike Federation Looks To Remind Drivers ‘We Are All Pedestrians’ With New Campaign


Why Blue Lights Are Appearing At Some NYC Subway Stations

– The City


Background and Summary of a Guide for Roundabouts


Guide for Roundabouts – NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 5: Great Lakes


Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 6: Hawaii – NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 7: Inland Northwest – NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 8: Maritime Northwest


TRB Webinar: Fostering Sustainability through Freight-Efficient Land Uses


TRB Webinar: Pedestrian Crash Factors, Trends, and Treatments


TRB Webinar: Legal Issues and Emerging Technologies in Public Transit



Public Meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Geological Survey (Notice)

State Enforcement of Inland Navigation Rules

– Coast Guard (Final rule)

Ocean Justice Strategy

Council on Environmental Quality (Request for information)

Final Guidance for Vessel Sewage No-Discharge Zone Applications

– EPA (Notice)

Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for the Eastern Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico; Availability of Draft National Environmental Policy Categorial Exclusion

– EPA (Notice of proposed reissuance of NPDES general permit, notice to states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for consistency review with approved Coastal Management Programs)

Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group

– FAA (Solicitation of applications

U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

– Maritime Administration (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – June 7, 2023


AASHTO Provides Environmental Review Insights to FHWA

– AASHTO Journal

House Science Committee seeks info on federal research of hazmat-by-rail safety

Progressive Railroading

DOE Launches New Energy Earthshot to Decarbonize Transportation and Industrial Sectors

– DOE (media release)


The Point of NEPA

– Roads & Bridges (editorial/commentary)

NEPA and the Debt Deal

– Legal Planet (opinion)


New Jersey authorities practice hurricane response, urge residents to prepare


Wyoming Lawmakers Want To Tax Electric Vehicle Drivers To Make Up For Lost Fuel Revenue

– Cowboy State Daily

State legislatures adapt to electric vehicles

– The Center Square

Charging Ahead: How the Electrified Mobility Collaborative envisions a radical shift.

– Thinking Transportation (podcast)

Amtrak is the climate-friendly option – if extreme weather doesn’t disrupt your trip.

– Grist

LA freeway lights darkened by vandalism make for dangerous driving



How we can make EVs even better for the planet

– Sustainability Times


Pittsburgh-area utilities and transit agencies are launching hydrogen pilots, anticipating wider use in the future

– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How green mobility can help world to achieve zero emission goals

– Urban Transport News

Curbside recycling turns out to be a surprisingly good climate investment

– Anthropocene

With $9B in Transportation Funding, Minnesota Looks to Meet Climate Goals

– Route Fifty


How AI can advance, harm transportation equity

– Smart Cities Dive

The US can’t achieve environmental justice through one-size-fits-all climate policy

– Brookings

Study Quantifies Disparity Among Marginalized Communities Exposed to Traffic-Related Air Pollution

– UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Wyoming DOT Seeing Results from Wildlife Crossings

– AASHTO Journal

Trash Bins At Wyoming I-80 Rest Stops Lead To More Littering, Not Less, WYDOT Director Says

– Cowboy State Daily


WVDOT Finishes Carrollton Covered Bridge Rebuild Project

– AASHTO Journal

Wisconsin DOT Unveils More Dual-Language Highway Signs

– AASHTO Journal

City of Temple, Texas plans to transform historic railroad into hike and bike trail


Universities aren’t doing enough for climate. Here’s what a real sustainability plan would look like

– Salon (commentary)


Virginia warns of rise in crashes involving bicycles

– WTTG-TV (video)

Presley’s Place At Pittsburgh’s Airport Is A Model To Be Copied

– Forbes

Clark County, OH group seeks to make area more pedestrian-friendly

– Springfield News-Sun

Officials vow ValleyBike program will return as partner company faces bankruptcy

– MassLive


Protecting Wildlife Habitat is a Robust Slice of Transportation Planning


Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 1: Alaska


Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 2: California


Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 3: Florida


Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 4: Great Basin


Practices for Adding Bicycle and Pedestrian Access on Existing Vehicle Bridges



National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan; Request for Comment

Office of the Secretary, USDOT (Notice)

Department of Transportation Equity Action Plan Update

– Office of the Secretary, USDOT (RFI)

National Public Transportation Safety Plan

– FTA (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Designation of Transportation Management Areas

– FHWA and FTA (Notice)

Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Grant Programs

– NHTSA and FHWA (Final rule)

Expansion and Extension of the Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program

– United States Patent and Trademark Office (Notice)

Safety Zone; Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and Other Disasters in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana

– Coast Guard (Notice of proposed rulemaking)

Port Access Route Study: The Pacific Coast From Washington to California

– Coast Guard (Notice of availability of study)

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project, Calhoun and Matagorda Counties, TX

– Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition To Object to the Title V Permit for Cove Point LNG Terminal; Maryland

EPA (Notice of final action)

Environmental News Highlights – May 31, 2023


Detailing Rural America’s Mobility and Accessibility Needs – AASHTO Journal

Sen. Carper, Key Transportation Policy Leader, Retiring in 2024 – AASHTO Journal

Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Power to Address Water Pollution – New York Times

EPA under pressure to revive noise pollution program – E&E News Greenwire

FAA Seeks Public Input on Drone Operations – FAA (media release)

Highway Infrastructure: Better Alignment with Leading Practices Would Improve USDOT’s Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program – GAO



Here’s how far Thurston County, WA Intercity Transit has come since the COVID-19 pandemic – The Olympian


How a Bay Area Community is Fighting Port Pollution – Earthjustice

Can Boston improve pedestrian safety with redesigned streets, intersections? It’s about to find out. – Smart Cities Dive

The Parking Reform That Could Transform Manhattan – CityLab (opinion)


California seeks EPA approval to ban sales of new gasoline-only vehicles by 2035 – Reuters


DC DOT’s Lott Named Vice Chair of Equity in Infrastructure Project – AASHTO Journal


How to Open a National Park for the Summer Season – New York Times

Metro Detroit wetlands: What they are, how they’re shrinking – ClickOnDetroit

Audit finds California water agency not adequately considering climate change in forecasts Los Angeles Times



Travel and Tourism: DOT Should Improve Strategic Planning and Data Collection – GAO

Expanded mountain bike trail creating new kind of tourism in Michigan – WPBN/WGTU-TV

‘Culture Wars’ Have Not Overlooked Public Transit, Urbanist Ideas – Government Technology

NYC DOT Launches Series of Themed Self-Guided Bike Route Maps to Encourage CyclingNYCDOT (media release)

New Route 66 U.S. Bike Route signs unveiled in Tulsa – Oklahoma DOT (media release)


IIHS: Trade-Offs when Mandating Slow E-Scooter Speeds – AASHTO Journal

Philadelphia named “most walkable city” in the U.S. – KYW-TV

Richard Montanez, Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, City of Philadelphia – Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Program – ITE Talks Transportation podcast

Restricting ride-hailing apps makes transportation systems less efficient– University of Florida

E-Bikes Are Putting a Dent in Denver’s Vehicle Miles Traveled – Government Technology

North Little Rock opens portion of Arkansas River Trail for bicycles and foot traffic – KATV-TV

New half-mile Southwest Greenway in Detroit opens – Detroit News

Denver has exceeded its goal of 125 miles of new bike infrastructure, mayor says Denverite

NHTSA Proposes New Crashworthiness Pedestrian Protection Testing Program – NHTSA (media release)


TRB Webinar: New Minimum Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Rule – TRB

TRB Webinar: Electrification and Hydrogen Technologies in Airports – TRB

The Coast Guard’s Next Decade: An Assessment of Emerging Challenges and Statutory Needs – TRB

Program Evaluation Report Card Tool for Wildlife Hazard Management Plans: User Guide – TRB

Resilient Design with Distributed Rainfall-Runoff Modeling – TRB


National Navigation Safety Advisory Committee; June 2023 Virtual Meeting – Coast Guard (Notice)

Community Disaster Resilience Zones and the National Risk Index – FEMA (Notice request for information)


Environmental News Highlights – May 24, 2023


AASHTO Signs MOU with Association for Commuter Transportation – AASHTO Journal

US Lawmakers Want to Bar Automakers From Eliminating AM Radio in New Vehicles – Reuters

Biden plan to sell land leases for conservation gets pushback – AP

FHWA Announces $749 Million to Repair Roads and Bridges Damaged by Natural Disasters and Catastrophic Events – FHWA (media release)

FHWA Highlights Efforts to Improve Safety for People Walking, Bicycling and Rolling Made Possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – FHWA (media release)

FTA Announces Availability of $220 Million to Modernize Ferry Service and Better Connect Rural Communities – FTA (media release)

DOE – DOT Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Launches New Funding Opportunity and Consortium to Improve Reliability and Accessibility of EV Chargers, Expand the Nation’s Clean Transportation Workforce – Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (media release)

EPA and Peace Corps Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Environmental Protection Around the World – EPA (media release)


Texas governor signs electric vehicle tax into law – KVUE

Washington governor vetoes collection of drivers’ odometer readings – Seattle Times

California governor wants to make it easier to build roads, dams and more. What’s in his plan? – CalMaters

LEDs Bring Energy Savings—and Light Pollution – Route Fifty

Truckers Are Caught on the Front Line of California’s EV Push – Wired

Mississippi River shipping infrastructure is aging. Who should pay for the repairs? – WWNO Radio

FEMA Announces an Additional $160 Million to Build Climate and Disaster Resilience Nationwide, Including Over $50 Million for Tribal Nations – FEMA (media release)

EPA to Engage the Public on Great Lakes Restoration and Protection Priorities – EPA (Media release)

NTSB Urges Action for Bridges Nationwide – NTSB (media release)


Boeing’s new tool lets airlines plan for net zero emissions – Axios

Montana’s New Anti-Climate Law May Be the Most Aggressive in the Nation – Inside Climate News


Ohio DOT adding adult-sized changing tables in 28 highway rest areas by 2026 – Columbus Dispatch

Advancing Equity in Accessibility and Travel Experiences: The Role of Gender and Identity – Minnesota DOT

No matter what: lessons of climate resiliency from environmental justice communities – Harvard University (video)


Tennessee Study Charts Six Year Drop in Roadway Litter – AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence

Maryland SHA Sprucing Up Roadsides In Advance of Memorial Day Holiday – Maryland State Highway Administration


Kansas City looking for new transit options for 2026 World Cup – WDAF-TV

New street mural unveiled to help protect cyclists and pedestrians in Tampa – That’s So Tampa


Suffolk County, New York Launches ‘Transit To Trails’ Map Initiative – Long Island Press

Cape Coral, Florida Officially Opens Section of SUN Trail – Cape Coral Breeze

A Conversation About E-Bikes With a Transportation Researcher – Cobb County Courier

National Spending on Bicycles and Accessories Grew 620% from March 2020 to March 2023; Docked Bikeshare Grew 42% – BTS

UAB researchers working on new app to help keep pedestrians safe – WBRC-TV

Northern Virginia Opens New “66-Parallel” Bike And Walking Trail – Dcist

The Good News/Bad News For E-Scooters And Speed – Forbes


TRB Webinar: Risk-targeted Ground Motions for Bridge Design – TRB

TRB Webinar: Innovation in Geoseismic Foundation Design and Performance – TRB

Impacts of Trains Longer Than 7,500 Feet Meeting #6 – TRB


Credit Assistance and Related Fees for Water Resources Infrastructure Projects – Army Corps of Engineers (Final rule)

National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee; June 2023 Meetings – Coast Guard (Notice)

Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Data Elements Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule – EPA (Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking)

Great Lakes Advisory Board Notice for Virtual Meeting – EPA (Notice)

Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting – EPA (Notice)

South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act – Interim Assessment; Notice of Public MeetingEPA (Notice)

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory CouncilForest Service (Notice of meeting)

Notice of Intent To Conduct Scoping and To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Lake Erie Quadrangle National Marine Sanctuary NOAA (Notice; request for comments)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 1, LLC and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 2, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facilities Offshore New Jersey – Bureau of Ocean Energy (Notice)


Environmental News Highlights – May 17, 2023


America’s aging flood control infrastructure is failing – federal funding is coming, but too often new construction relies on old data – The Conversation


EPA Developing $4B Clean Port Infrastructure Grant Programs – AASHTO Journal

Congestion Pricing in Manhattan Clears Federal Hurdle – Route Fifty

Norfolk Southern to set up home value reimbursement fund after Ohio derailment – Reuters

Winter Has No Chance Against WYDOT’s Newest Rig That Chews Through 5,000 Tons Of Snow An Hour – Cowboy State Daily

Here’s how the Port of Savannah is preparing to withstand the upcoming hurricane season – WJCL-TV

How a new digital tool could help cities meet key sustainability and mobility goals – World Economic Forum


Providing a 5-Minute Pickup Priority for Ridehail Users Agreeing to Pool: Potential Impacts on Curtailing Bus Delay and Enhancing Equity – FHWA Office of Operations

Colombia’s Women-Led Electric Bus Fleet Is Reshaping Bogotá’s Public Transit – CityLab

Racial and ethnic disparities in traffic deaths revealed in NHTSA report – Smart Cities Dive

Los Angeles Metro’s Equity Platform spurs new equity information data hub, encouraging more Angelenos to participate in Metro’s decision-making processLos Angeles MTA (blog)


This Lawsuit Could Change How the Forest Service Fights Wildfires – The Atlantic

New Hampshire, Vermont Put Measures In Place To Protect Bats At Bridge Worksite – Brattleboro Reformer

What’s Happening to the Trees in New Orleans? – CityLab

SFO is now monitoring airplane wastewater – San Francisco Examiner

FDOT plans state’s first wildlife crossing overpass across I-4 in Polk County – WFTS-TV

Snow fills Colorado mountains. Crews are throwing explosives at it. – USA Today


Kansas DOT Issues Revised Active Transportation Plan – AASHTO Journal

Supporters Want E-Bikes Allowed on R.I.’s Bicycle Paths – ecoRI

Key concepts to consider when promoting active transportation – The Lancet

Connecticut DOT campaign promotes pedestrian safety during ‘Older Americans Month’ – News 12 Connecticut

Progress Continues On Virginia Capital Trail Extension – Peninsula Chronicle

Pedestrian bridge linking Crystal City and Reagan National Airport set to move forward – WTOP Radio

RTC of Washoe County, NV Asking For Feedback On Active Transportation Plan – KTVN-TV

CDOT Announces Free “Learn to Ride” Bike Riding Classes for Adults and Children in 2023 – City of Chicago (media release)


Air Quality in Transit Buses – TCRP

In Pursuit of Equity: Environmental Justice on Tribal Lands – TRB News

Achieving Highway Runoff Volume and Pollutant Reduction Using Vegetated Compost Blankets: A Guide – NCHRP

Conference on the Marine Transportation System Innovative Science and Technologies Toward Greater Sustainability – TRB

TRB Webinar: Aggregate Sustainability – Production – TRB

A qualitative study of active travel amongst commuters and older adults living in English market towns – BMC Public Health


White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting – EPA (Notice)

Release of Volume 3 of the Integrated Review Plan in the Review of the Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards – EPA (Notice of availability)

2023 Annual Joint Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union EPA (Notice; public meeting)

Inland Waterways Users Board; Request for Nominations – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Notice of request for nominations)

Environmental News Highlights – May 10, 2023


FHWA Issues $21.8M in National Scenic Byways Grants – AASHTO Journal

US settles landmark Alabama environmental justice case – Reuters

The Future of Transportation: The Role of Bike Lanes – Momentum Mag

Now Open: PROTECT Grants to Make Transportation More Resilient – National League of Cities

EPA Announces $4 Billion Through the Investing in America Agenda for Clean Port Upgrades and Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles to Improve Air Quality and Protect Public Health – EPA (media release)


FHWA Offering Grants for Port Electrification, Efficiency Gains – AASHTO Journal

Texas Wants EV Owners to Pay a $200 Annual Fee for Highway Costs – Jalopnik

NOAA to Improve Storm Surge Predictions Ahead of 2023 Hurricane Season – Nextgov

PHMSA Announces Bipartisan PIPES Act Proposal to Modernize Decades-Old Pipeline Leak Detection Rules, Invests in Critical American Infrastructure, Create Good-Paying Jobs, Improve Safety – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (media release)


California enacts first-in-the-nation crackdown on pollution from trains – San Francisco Chronicle


Troy, New York to audit accessibility of pedestrian infrastructure on city streets – Spectrum News 1

Hidden Treasures: Remote community airports play an essential role in Texas life. – Texas A&M Transportation Institute (podcast)

Pittsburgh Mobility Pilot Builds on Transportation Equity Goals – Government Technology

Pilot Project to Help Patients with Transportation Barriers Get to Appointments – UC San Diego


Supporters plan climate-friendly environment for Lake Superior parks – Capitol News Service

NC Wildlife Commission, NCDOT Renew Focus on Wildlife Passages to Reduce Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions – North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (media release)


Wisconsin Bike Fed, partners request increased funding for trail infrastructure – Press Times

USDA Announces $36M to Improve Roads, Trails, Water Quality as part of Investing in America Agenda – USDA (media release)


Philly will increase policing of bike lanes in effort to improve traffic safety – PhillyVoice

Why cities continue to have a love-hate affair with e-scooters – CNBC

Euclid, Ohio seeking community input on transportation plan – News-Herald

Chicago expands Divvy bikeshare program to operate across entire city – WLS-TV

New Yorkers give low marks to city’s bike infrastructure in new ‘Cycling Census’ – amNew York

Bike boulevards bring hope to Durham, North Carolina cyclists – 9th Street Journal

Blind walkers winning safer road crossings – AP

Denver proved the power of e-bike rebates. Now, the discounts are going statewide – Colorado Public Radio

Comment period open for proposed U.S. Bike Route 37 in Indiana – Indiana Department of Transportation (media release)

CTDOT Celebrates National Bike Month this May – Connecticut DOT (media release)


TrainMate Robotic System Making Public Transportation, Public! – TRB (link to PDF)

Committee on Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Coast Guard Certificate of Compliance Examination Program for Gas Carriers – Meeting 4 – TRB


Official Trail Marker for National Water Trails National Park Service (Notice of designation)

Safety Zone; Atlantic Ocean, Key West, FL – Coast Guard (Notice of proposed rulemaking)

Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee (AMSC), Eastern Great Lakes, Northwest Pennsylvania Sub-Committee Vacancy – Coast Guard (Notice; solicitation for membership)

Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution: Request for Public Comment – EPA (Notice of availability)

Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles – EPA (Proposed rule)

Development of Guidance for Zero-Emission Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Port Equipment, and Fueling Infrastructure Deployment Under the Inflation Reduction Act Funding Programs – EPA (Notice; request for information)

Federal Baseline Water Quality Standards for Indian Reservations – EPA (Proposed rule)

Assessment of Biodiversity and Climate Change; Request for Public Comment and Nomination – Geological Survey (Notice)

Climate Adaptation Export Competitiveness Request for Information International Trade Administration and U.S. Trade and Development Agency (Request for public comments and Information)

Proposals by Non-Federal Interests for Feasibility Studies, Proposed Modifications to Authorized Water Resources Development Projects and Feasibility Studies, and Proposed Modifications for an Environmental Infrastructure Program for Inclusion in … – Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Notice of Intent To Amend the California Desert Conservation Area Plan Associated With the Mojave Trails National Monument Management Plan and Prepare an Associated Environmental AssessmentBureau of Land Management (Notice of intent)

Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage Public Meeting – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Correction)